Germany's main sporting tabloid reports that SV Werder Bremen are among the Bundesliga clubs angling for underutilized Hertha left-back Maximilian Mittelstädt.
|Maximilian Mittelstädt.||Photo: Steindy, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0|
The German tabloid went so far as to contact Bremen personnel boss Clemens Fritz about the rumor. The long-time Werder club man declined to comment on the speculation, dropping a bit of a hint that the Hanseaten might be more interested in acquiring Mittelstädt on a free transfer after his current contract with Hertha expires at the end of the season.
This, naturally, poses a bit of a problem for the north German club. Hertha sporting CEO Fredi Bobic will certainly wish to cash in on Mittelstädt. The former German youth international maintains an estimated market worth of €2 million in the latest transfermarkt listings. Wolfsburg - rumored to be the club most interested in acquiring Mittelstädt this January - can afford such a sum far more easily.
The German tabloid nevertheless reports that Werder and Mittelstädt are holding talks. If the seldom-used fullback can be persuaded to let his contract with Hertha run down, he could potentially get a better long-term-deal in the summer.